Valparaiso University's Dallas Cawiezell (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) and Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) have been named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team following this past weekend's league champsionships.
Valparaiso saw its 2007 season come to a close on Friday afternoon at the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Macomb, Ill., dropping a pair of contests. In the opener, the Crusaders fell 4-2 to Oral Roberts before Centenary eliminated the Crusaders by the score of 6-1.
Trailing by six with two innings to play and by four with one out in the ninth, Valparaiso rallied with a monumental comeback, scoring seven times in the final inning, to defeat Western Illinois 13-10 on Thursday afternoon at Alfred D. Boyer Field in Macomb, Ill. in the opening round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
Valparaiso heads to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time since 2003 as the Crusaders face second seeded Western Illinois (31-24, 11-9 Mid-Con) on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the opening round.
Valparaiso erupted for six runs in the second inning to beat the rain that came and called the game after four-and-a-half innings, but the Crusaders defeated Southern Utah 7-1 to wrap up a sweep of the Thunderbirds at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday morning to close out the 2007 regular season.
A bases loaded balk in the opener and a two-run first inning triple by Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) in the first inning of game two helped propel Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of Southern Utah 3-2 in 10 innings and 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field, clinching the Crusaders first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament berth since 2003.
Valparaiso scored three runs in the seventh and added three more in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat Southern Utah 8-3 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field to open up a key four-game Mid-Continent Conference series.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2007 regular season at Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend with a key Mid-Continent Conference four-game series against Southern Utah. Both schools are currently among a three-way tie for third place in the league standings, with the top four teams qualifying for next week's Mid-Con Tournament.
Valparaiso will step out of Mid-Continent Conference play for the final time during the 2007 regular season as the Crusaders entertain a pair of Big Ten foes at Emory G. Bauer Field this week. Indiana will pay a visit to Valparaiso on Tuesday while Purdue comes to town on Wednesday.
Oakland utilized a five-run opening inning to push the Golden Grizzlies past Valparaiso 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in Rochester, Mich. in the final game of a four-game Mid-Continent Conference weekend series.
After nearly a week off, Valparaiso returns to the diamond this weekend for a big four-game series against Oakland in Rochester, Mich. The Crusaders are in the hunt for a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, and with two weekends of league play remaining, currently hold down fourth place in the standings.
Valparaiso University's Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team as selected by members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Western Illinois used two solid pitching performances to limit Valparaiso to just two runs and 11 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Crusaders 2-1 and 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso used a five-run eighth inning in the opener of Friday's doubleheader to break a tie on the way to a 10-5 victory over Western Illinois. The Leathernecks bounced back in the nightcap to post a 9-1 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) set the Valparaiso and Mid-Continent Conference hit record on Tuesday afternoon but the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader to Butler 10-5 and 3-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso returns to Emory G. Bauer Field for a six-game homestand this week as the Crusaders have three doubleheaders on the schedule. Valpo will open the week on Tuesday with a twinbill against future Horizon League foe Butler before entertaining Western Illinois in a pair of Mid-Continent Conference doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.
Valparaiso ended Oral Roberts' 40-game home Mid-Continent Conference regular season winning streak that dated back to May 19, 2002 on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders posted a victory in Tulsa, Okla. for the first time ever, defeating the Golden Eagles 7-3.
Having won six of their last eight games, Valparaiso gets set for five more games this week beginning with Wednesday's non-conference tilt with Notre Dame. The Crusaders then head to Tulsa, Okla. this coming weekend for a four-game Mid-Continent Conference series against preseason favorite Oral Roberts.
Valparaiso used a five-run sixth inning to break open a tight game and defeat Centenary 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field to win the four game weekend series with the Gents three games to one.
Dallas Cawiezell's (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) seventh inning homerun in the opener and Josh Piazza's (Glenview, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.) blast in the sixth inning of game two propelled Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of Centenary on a warm, sunny afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo won the opener 6-4 and took the nightcap 4-2.
Centenary used a five-run top of the fourth inning and a complete game pitching performance by Brandon Fulenchek to defeat Valparaiso 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both schools.
Six Valparaiso pitchers limited Northwestern to just three hits and Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) had three hits and four RBIs for the Brown and Gold as the Crusaders defeated the Wildcats 10-1 on Tuesday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.
Valparaiso is set to open its final season of Mid-Continent Conference action this weekend as the Crusaders entertain Centenary in a four-game series on Friday through Sunday. Saturday's tilt is a doubleheader. Prior to kicking off league play, the Crusaders will head to Northwestern on Tuesday for a non-conference contest.
Nick Mazzone (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) tossed a four-hitter in the nightcap, but errors hurt Valparaiso in the opener as the Crusaders split a doubleheader with North Dakota State on Saturday. Valpo lost 12-4 and won 7-1.
Valparaiso returns to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders host Indiana State to begin a week which will see the team take to the diamond six times. The Brown and Gold then heads to DeKalb, Ill. on Wednesday to battle Northern Illinois before traveling up north to Fargo, N.D. for a four-game weekend series at North Dakota State on Saturday and Sunday.
Valparaiso swept a doubleheader from Robert Morris (Ill.) on a cold, breezy Thursday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field to remain undefeated at home on the season, downing the Eagles 6-0 and 3-2, with the second game going nine innings.
Valparaiso has a busy week on the diamond beginning Tuesday afternoon when the Crusaders head to Indianapolis to face Butler. Valpo plays an exhibition game on Wednesday at the Fort Wayne Wizards before hosting Robert Morris (Ill.) in a twinbill on Thursday. The week wraps up with single games at Southern Illinois on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, Valparaiso was unable to maintain its advantage and dropped the final game of its weekend series with Indiana State 8-5 on Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.
Valparaiso's bats were hot in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against Indiana State, but the Sycamores returned the favor in the nightcap as the teams split a twinbill in Terre Haute, Ind. The Crusaders won the opener 11-2 while Indiana State was a 17-5 victor in game two.
Valparaiso takes to the road to begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders head to the Windy City to battle future Horizon League foe UIC. The Crusaders then head to Terre Haute, Ind. for a four-game weekend series Friday through Sunday against Indiana State.
After having to wait an extra day because of rain to open the 2007 home season, Valparaiso's bats were alive, pounding out 30 hits and scoring 28 runs in a 12-2 and 16-1 sweep of Chicago State at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday.
Friday's scheduled doubleheader between Valparaiso and Chicago State has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will play at twinbill on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. In addition, Valpo's scheduled games against South Dakota State this weekend have been cancelled and will not be made up.
Valparaiso opens up the home portion of the 2007 schedule this weekend as the Crusaders entertain Chicago State for three games and South Dakota State for a pair. In addition, the Cougars and Jackrabbits will meet at noon on Saturday in a neutral site affair at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso got a solid pitching performance from Nick Mazzone (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) but were unable to plate more than one run as the Crusaders fell 4-1 to Richmond on Saturday afternoon in Richmond, Va.
In a wild game which saw eight errors, four balks, and a batter's interference, North Carolina State took the final game of a brief two-game midweek series from Valparaiso 9-4 on Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C.
Valparaiso rallied from deficits in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader with Bowling Green to tie the Falcons late, but dropped one run decisions in both contests, falling 7-6 in 10 innings in the opener and 5-4 in the nightcap.
Valparaiso opened its 2007 baseball season on Saturday afternoon splitting a doubleheader with Longwood in Farmville, Va. The Crusaders dropped the opener to the Lancers 4-2 before rebounding to post an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.
As Valparaiso takes to the diamond for the 2007 season, change is in the air around Emory G. Bauer Field. Tracy Woodson takes over the Crusader program as its head coach, and looks to lead Valpo back to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time since 2003 in the Crusaders' final season in the league.